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reviewed The Event: "I Haven't Told You Everyt.... September 22, 2010
The Event:
The Event is the latest Lost rip-off, and so far as I've seen the best since Fringe.  It piles on mystery-and-twist after mystery-and-twist, a move that screams, "You think that [i.e. Lost--ed.] …
reviewed Symphonicities. July 15, 2010
Symphonicities
Oh, Sting. My affection for the man and his work gives me the courage even now to pronounce that he was the first popular artist I ever loved, first via the Police and shortly thereafter through his zany …
reviewed /\/\ /\ Y /\. July 14, 2010
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/\/\ /\ Y /\
"Arular" was her father's album, "Kala" her mother's album, and "Maya" is Maya Arulpragasm--a.k.a. M.I.A.--'s "me" album. Understanding this makes its self-interest easier to forgive. There are individuals, …
reviewed Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars. July 10, 2010
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Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars
Edie Brickell seems to mean well enough, and so do the New Bohemians, so I don't want to be too hard on their multi-platinum debut. In her words, what she is what she is. In mine, her group's playing …
reviewed Pretenders. July 06, 2010
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Pretenders
The Pretenders' debut is one of the most well-endowed arguments for gender equality in rock music. Rock `n' roll is the most predominantly masculine genre in popular music. Its appeal is unisex, but its …
reviewed Zatanna #1. June 27, 2010
Zatanna #1
My lifelong appreciation of Zatanna Zatara recently bloomed into love--so learning the wonderful Paul Dini is writing Zatanna's new series was almost as nice as receiving roses from Zatanna herself. There's …
reviewed Lethal Injection. April 09, 2010
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Lethal Injection
Misogynistic and numb-skulled, he tells anyone that'll listen that he's a "motherf----n' G," then goes on to spin lines like "You lookin' for a punk with benefits/'Cause you got a baby that take many …
reviewed Daydream. April 07, 2010
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Daydream
Yeah, there's "Fantasy." There are also nine Mariah Carey songs and a Journey cover.
reviewed Bedtime Stories. March 22, 2010
Bedtime Stories
"Erotica" lite--crisp, cool, refreshing, almost filling. And how about that "Human Nature?" Way to stick it to the man, girl. And how about that photography?
reviewed Raditude. February 13, 2010
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Raditude
My days of taking Weezer seriously trapped in the past with my junior year of high school, any breezy pleasure I now derive from Rivers Cuomo's music is thanks to today's listeners realizing his band's …
reviewed The Wolfman. February 12, 2010
The Wolfman
Bad dog. If there's anything to be said in defense of "The Wolfman," it's that it's another movie with potential f****d over by the studio. That's all the defense the film deserves. It doesn't take a …
reviewed Everybody Else is Doing It So Why Can.... January 24, 2010
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Everybody Else is Doing It So Why Can't We? (The
As in any other vehicle of expression, the woman in modern pop music was and is pressured to slide into a specific personae: the Neurotic Bad Girl (Amy Winehouse), the Glamorous Sextress (Lady Ga-Ga), …
reviewed Are You Passionate?. January 18, 2010
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Are You Passionate?
In the wake of 9/11, Neil copes via soul music: a bit of a departure, more of a detour, nice one, too. The band's impeccable, most of the songs are pretty, and if it doesn't rank with Young's best material, …
reviewed Can't Get Enough. December 29, 2009
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Can't Get Enough
For fans, another score, one of his best, probably. For everyone else, not much here. A lot of snare pops, a lot of talk from this bear of a man, and plenty of melodies that don't really get high enough …
reviewed Christine Mcvie (Reis). December 28, 2009
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Christine Mcvie (Reis)
Via Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie made the hits, but Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks made the classics. Why then, devoted Buckingham-Nicks fan that I am, do I like McVie's record--actually her second, …
reviewed Never Mind the Bollocks. November 04, 2009
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Never Mind the Bollocks
There's little that can be said about this album that hasn't been said a million times over the past 32 years. It is the definitive punk album, even if it isn't the best punk album; occasionally the music …
reviewed Tonights the Night. November 04, 2009
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Tonights the Night
One hears talk that there are fools among us that dismiss Neil Young as a smoked-out hippie tunemeister, and to them I say "Tonight's the Night," living proof that Young is one hard rocker. Recorded in …
reviewed Songs in the Key of Life. November 04, 2009
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Songs in the Key of Life
It's no surprise that Elton John thinks this is the greatest album ever recorded. Stevie Wonder and Elton John are made from the same mold (how's that for equality?), both talented pop artists whose greatest …
reviewed Back and Fourth. October 28, 2009
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Back and Fourth
Say it like they do on the Jersey shore: "Pete YAWN." I don't know why I keep up with Yorn's music: I've known all along his only gift was his ability to make it seem like he has one in the first place. …
reviewed Surrealistic Pillow. October 22, 2009
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Surrealistic Pillow
Whoops: I was expecting plastic bombastic psychedelia. In reality (!), it's one and a quarter sides of magnificence, and the lesser material isn't bad, definitely much better than that plastic stuff. …
reviewed Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits. October 22, 2009
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Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits
Springsteen's material is great on albums and great as individual songs; make an album out of assorted individual songs and the result is, well, stilted. I can't really complain about the song selection: …
reviewed Rock a Little. October 22, 2009
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Rock a Little
I thought "Rock a Little" was nicer than Nicks' first two albums, by which I mean that it sounded nicer, was a nicer listening experience, left me feeling nicer after I was finished listening to it. Maybe …
reviewed Law & Order. September 30, 2009
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Law & Order
Three of the five members of Fleetwood Mac from their chart-topping period--Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Christine McVie--have had successful careers on their own, most of all Nicks, unjustly. …
reviewed Wild Heart. September 30, 2009
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Wild Heart
In Fleetwood Mac, she's the visionary queen of imagistic heartbreak. Solo, she's an arena-rock diva immersed in self-regard. This one proves it. Her songs drone on like tattered fabric held up by fairy-tale …
reviewed Sandinista. September 27, 2009
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Sandinista
Bumped to three LPs in an effort to stick it to Bruce Springsteen, "Sandinista!" is excessive, like they say, messy, like they say, but not self-indulgent, like some say. Definitely great. It doesn't …
reviewed Right Night. September 21, 2009
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Right Night
Probably one of the better records Mr. White ever cut. Not worthy of notice to general consumers, delectable to fans of the Man. Dig this: "Sho' you right about the night and you right about us." Man.
reviewed Cut the Crap. September 20, 2009
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Cut the Crap
Is "Cut the Crap" a Clash album? Is "Cut the Crap" a good album? For that matter, does it even matter if it is a good album, since everyone hates it and the band's disowned it? I say "Not really" to the …
reviewed Pretenders 2. September 20, 2009
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Pretenders 2
Anyone with working sound perception will recognize an inferior second album, but I like it better than their debut. Unfortunately, I'm a sucker for mood, and a sucker for tough gals, so of course, by …
reviewed Parallel Lines. August 06, 2009
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Parallel Lines
With Deborah Harry as the clear focal point of the band, let's focus on her. She can be aggressive ("Hanging on the Telephone") and she can be dreamy ("Picture This"). She can be "cold as ice cream, but …
reviewed Let's Get It on. August 06, 2009
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Let's Get It on
Maybe it's better than "What's Going On," definitely it's inferior to "Midnight Love." I love Gaye's music. But its problem, noticeable in these recordings, is, while attractive, it often plods along …
reviewed Immaculate Collection. August 05, 2009
Immaculate Collection
Impressive on her albums, untouchable on her singles, so you make an album out of her singles and what do you get? The greatest pop record any human being will ever create. The third quarter is a little …
reviewed Ramones (Dlx). August 05, 2009
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Ramones (Dlx)
The Ramones are historically misrepresented as the first punk band--see the New York Dolls--but their debut is accurately acclaimed as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records ever cut, from the drumbeat …
reviewed Live at Shea Stadium (Snyr). August 05, 2009
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Live at Shea Stadium (Snyr)
I've yet to listen to the band's first live release, 1999's "From Here to Eternity," but word is it's much better than this. I believe it. Recorded during their second night opening for the Who in October …
reviewed Farm. August 05, 2009
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Farm
Mascis and the boys rock as hard as ever. The problem is there's too much guitar and too little song--to say nothing of the two Lou Barlow-composed numbers, which aren't worth much. At all. Still, the …
reviewed Business As Usual. July 30, 2009
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Business As Usual
Led by lazy-eyed frontman Colin Hay, Men at Work is to Australia's popular music as "Mad Max" is to Australian film--about as good as it gets. They rock by way of Sting and the Police, with less-obvious …
reviewed Cargo. July 28, 2009
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Cargo
Somehow those wily Aussies evaded the Laws of Pop, and, in doing so, avoided becoming One-Hit Wonders. On their second album, they sound more confident, more serious, and more loose, as evidenced by songs …
reviewed Dear Science. July 28, 2009
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Dear Science
Mix aural traces of Africa, Europe, and New York. Approach a Radiohead solution by way of Talking Heads (or vice versa). Then drown it all in conscious-throbbing Byrneian rambling excess. The result: …
reviewed (What's The Story) Morning Glory. June 25, 2009
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(What's The Story) Morning Glory
Yeah, it's self-conscious, yeah, it takes itself seriously to the point of pretention, and yes, I arrived at it prepared to recognize another overhyped mesh of faux-messianic Nineties whine-rock--but …
reviewed Midnight Love. April 15, 2009
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Midnight Love
The sonic landscape is rife with synthetic instrumentation--and as much soul as any of Gaye's records. He lets loose, he gets loose, he hangs loose, and the result is one of his most taut and exciting …
reviewed Hearsay. April 15, 2009
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Hearsay
Alexander O'Neal had a whole lot of soul, and a whole lot of bicep to back it up. Having said that, no one will ever mistake "Hearsay" for anything but an Eighties R&B record. But beneath the glimmering …
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